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Hello, my question is in legal using of pseudonym. Im an artist

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Hello, my question is in legal using of pseudonym. I'm an artist and my name is XXXXX XXXXX at all, difficult to spell as well. I have a need to use a pseudonym, but not sure what is the best way to do it, as far as is it nessecery to have it trade marked or to register anywhere?
Thank you.
Is there any reason you want it registered?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Well, the only reason is that I dont know how my copyright protection being executed if I'm using a pseudonym. Thats the reason, plus is it leagal to use a pseudonym just as it is?

Does the name belong to someone else? Walt Disney? John Travolta? Wisnton Churchill? Is the actual name relevant?

What are you using it for exactly?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

No, no such thing, just a made up name, i have google it and it didnt come up on internet. I'm signing my paintings with it. And now I'm planning to enter a prize competition, do I have the right to present myself under my pseudonym?

Thank you. There is nothing to stop you using another name. You do not have
to do execute is deed poll or statutory declaration. All they do is provide
evidence that you changed your name. We had a client once who looked like a
famous film star. Our client was a wrestler, and he billed himself using the
name of the film star. The film star threatened to injunctive for using his

My client changed his name by deed poll to that of the film star and the
action was dropped. If your family surname is XXXXX XXXXX your parents christen
you Walt, there is no legal action to be brought by Disney Enterprises.

So if you have a name like Zacharias Horacio Plunkett Smith and don't think
that is going to look very good on your paintings and you therefore decide you
want to sign your paintings, Fred Bloggs, there is nothing to stop you doing
that. You can change your name. If you wish to Fred Bloggs. If you are not
particularly partial to being called Zacharias Horacio Plunkett Smith. However,
if you were to sign your paintings, Rembrandt (if he were still alive) you
might have a problem as you would if you signed them David Hockney.

If it is just a random name from known one famous, but you just like the
sound of it, then you can do as you wish. If you change your name by deed poll
or statutory declaration you are faced with using that name for everything.

Even if you change your name by deed poll, there is no requirement to
register as anywhere, although it can be enrolled at the Royal Court of Justice,
but it is expensive and it is of no effect. So, it rarely happens.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Yes, i need alittle follow up, please

So I can sign contract with galleries using my pseudonym and enter the competition under it?

Thank You!

Yes, provided that it is identifiable as you.

If you get any money prize it may come in that name though.

The contract would usually say Zacharias Horacio Plunkett Smith t/a Fred Bloggs and the paintings are signed Fred Bloggs

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

thanks! got it!

Fingers Xd u will be famous one day!

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